Day of Prayer Attendance

Dana Milbank of the Washington Post has a terrific article about attendance at various National Day of Prayer events in Washington, D.C. (By the way, he uses the term “Let us pray” as a rhetorical tool… he’s not preaching to you.) The emphases are mine: Let us pray that, on next year’s National Day of Prayer, there is better attendance at the “Bible Reading Marathon” on the West Front of the Capitol. Organizers put out 600 folding chairs on the… Read more

Why I’m Not a Utah Republican

The Daily Herald (Central Utah) reported on the recent convention for Utah County’s Republicans: Utah County Republicans ended their convention on Saturday by debating Satan’s influence on illegal immigrants. … Don Larsen, chairman of legislative District 65 for the Utah County Republican Party, had submitted a resolution warning that Satan’s minions want to eliminate national borders and do away with sovereignty. Wait. It gets better: Republican officials then allowed speakers to defend and refute the resolution. One speaker, who was… Read more

Point of Inquiry Interview

I am guest on the most recent Point of Inquiry podcast! Point of Inquiry is a weekly online radio show put out through the Center for Inquiry. You can download the MP3 through this link. Or better yet, subscribe to the show through iTunes and just listen to them each week. It’s the best podcast out there for non-religious people– You’ll be glad you listened. [tags]atheist, atheism, Point of Inquiry, Center for Inquiry, iTunes[/tags] Read more

I Wonder What It Said…

Last night, an atheist in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina was attacked and robbed by some guys who objected to an inflammatory phrase that was on the back of his car. According to police reports: The victim told police he was getting out of his car in the parking lot of the Crabtree Gym in Myrtle Beach about 8 p.m. when the men pulled up beside him and inquired about a derogatory statement on the back windshield of his car… The… Read more

This is a Joke, Right?

Richard Dawkins is on Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Not surprising given what he’s done for atheism in the past year with his book The God Delusion. Which esteemed scientist wrote his profile? Michael Behe. The intelligent design advocate who wrote Darwin’s Black Box, Next on the list, Sylvia Browne writing an homage to James Randi. And the late Ayatollah Khomeini saluting Sam Harris. And Rhonda Byrne, the author of The Secret, is… Read more

Honor Killing Video

Honor killings occur in some extreme religious sects when a woman has brought dishonor onto her family. Her own family members brutally murder her. It’s usually premeditated. The courts don’t get involved most of the time. Read these details of a recent case: … up to 1000 men from the Yezidi Kurdish community of Mosul killed a teenager who’s only crime was running away to marry a Muslim man whom she loved and converting to his religion. There are videos,… Read more

Changed Life Paths

There are a few stories today about a special someone who is promoting public prayer on the steps of the Supreme Court: William “Bill” Murray, whose mother Madelyn Murray O’Hare [sic] used her son to legally end voluntary prayer in public schools in 1963, was to return to the US Supreme Court Thursday, May 3, to support a ‘National Day of Prayer’ service on the High Court’s front steps, organizers said. Murray heads the Religious Freedom Coalition, a non-profit educational… Read more

National Day of Reason

Today’s the day to take action instead of idly praying. Worthy actions include: Giving blood, signing up to be an organ donor, helping a stranger, or donating money to your favorite secular non-profit so they can continue the good work that they do! (Please take action in that order, though.) Maybe you were even more creative with how you spent the day? If you have interested stories from today’s charitable festivities, feel free to share them in the comments! [tags]atheist,… Read more

Listen to Salman Rushdie’s Speech

One of the most fascinating aspects of the New Humanism conference was getting the chance to listen to Salman Rushdie speak. Most of the students packed the balcony of the church at Harvard where the lecture was taking place. On the ledge of the balcony were numerous digital cameras and tape recorders trying to get a memento from the event. And afterwards, there was a mad rush for pictures and autographs. (I had to beat down 329849283 people to get… Read more

Christopher Hitchens’ Big Mistake(?)

Mark Oppenheimer (who generally admires Christopher Hitchens, he says) wrote a piece yesterday for the Huffington Post where he pointed out some glaring mistakes that he noticed in Hitchens’ new book God is Not Great: God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, the new book by Christopher Hitchens, contains one of the stupidest and ugliest factual errors published by a major publisher in years. Some will call the error anti-Semitic; others will just call it woefully uninformed. But it’s… Read more

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